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Livorno in Tuscany

Livorno: Pittoresque Tuscan gateway to the Mediterranean

Picture of Piazza Grande at Lvirona TuscanyThe history of Livorno (or Leghorn) is revealed through its districts characterised by the Medicean canals, which are still navigable and all lead you to it’s historic centre. Once defined as an ‘ideal’ town during the Italian Renaissance, nowadays the Venice district is the district that preserved most of its original town planning and architectural features such as the bridges, the narrow lanes, the noblemen‘s houses and a dense network of canals which once linked the port to its storehouses.

Allthough many buildings and historic places have been bombed in WW2, the port with it’s fortresses and towers is largely spared.

The “Piazza della Repubblica” in Livorno contains two important monuments of Italian politicians. Besides being the main square it is also a bridge: in fact, under the bridge there is an old, big canal. Piazza della Repubblica is the largest bridge of Europe. (see picture above)

One of the important attractions of historical importance is the Meloria. This tall tower on a bed of reef is the site of a 13th century defeat of Pisa’s maritime power by sailors from Genoa. The old quarter of Livorno is a splendid tribute to 16th century architecture and town planning, with a 5 sided canal system.

View of the beach at LivornoLivorno offers a shoreline and promenade that stretches for miles. The boardwalk in surrounded by beautiful 19th century buildings and villas. The beaches of Livorno are visited frequently by the people living in Florence, Siena or Arezzo.

Eating out in Livorno

Meat lovers and vegetarians may have to console themselves with many glasses of Chianti and huge fruit desserts as Livorno celebrates sea harvests from the antipasto onwards. The cuisine is really special and visitors could easily become shellfish and clam lovers after sampling the excellent seafood.

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Recommended Hotels in Livorno

Great Hotels in Livorno Tuscany. Choose from 13 hotels
Hotel Price Range User Score
***** NH Grand Hotel Palazzo € 150 p.n.p.r. 8,0
**** Hotel Gran Duca € 115 p.n.p.r. 7,3
**** Max Hotel Livorno € 85 p.n.p.r. 8,5
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Great Hotels in Livorno Tuscany. Choose from 13 hotels

Getting to Livorno

By plane

Livorno is just 20 km away from Pisa so the easiest thing to do is fly to Pisa and rent a car to drive to Livorno.

By car

Autostrada A12 leads you straight to Livorno

Public transport

There are numerous busses from Pisa, Florence or Lucca. Livorno can also be reached by train. Livorno Centrale is the name of the main station.

Livorno Central Station

Tuscany Livorno Central station. Stazione di LivornoLivorno Central Station was built in 1910 and is on the line Roma – Genoa. The building was recently renovated and is also the central point  for several local bus lines. The trip by train from Livorno to Pisa takes about fifteen minutes. Florence can be reached in one hour and twenty minutes and Rome in three hours (two with an Eurostar Italia high speed train).